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Shane Lechler | Punter

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/7/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 237
College: Texas A&M
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Texans agreed to terms with P Shane Lechler, formerly of the Raiders, to a three-year, $5.5 million contract with a $1 million signing bonus.
Although Lechler is coming off a down season, punters don't usually fall off the cliff at age 36. We suspect he has several good years left. Lechler is a nine-time Pro Bowler and six-time first-team All Pro. He's led the NFL in yards-per-punt average five times. Lechler looks like a great pickup for Houston. Fri, Mar 22, 2013 09:07:00 PM

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Free agent P Shane Lechler will visit the Texans on Thursday.

It's the perennial All Pro's first visit. Lechler is coming off a down campaign at the age of 36, but it's unlikely he's suddenly over-the-hill. He'll be a field-position weapon wherever he winds up.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 05:21:00 PM

Free agent P Shane Lechler is not expected back with the Raiders.

Lechler turns 37 next August and is coming off arguably the worst year of his career. Unlike Al Davis, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie isn't making special teamers a huge priority. Lechler could be replaced by 2012 UDFA Marquette King.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 03:15:00 PM

Shane Lechler's net average of 38.3 yards per punt is the second-worst of his career.

It's bad timing for Lecher, whose four-year, $16 million contract is up after this season. The rebuilding Raiders may choose to move on from the seven-time Pro Bowler rather than sink a ton of money into a punter. They have another punter, Marquette King, stashed away on injured reserve.
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 08:41:00 AM

Shane Lechler practiced Sunday for the first time since his July knee scope.

Just as Lechler promised, he'll be ready to go well before the regular season starts. The six-time All-Pro punter is a good bet to be among the league leaders in gross average once again. He's topped 50 yards per punt in two of the last three seasons.
Mon, Aug 20, 2012 08:47:00 AM

Raiders P Shane Lechler had his left knee scoped prior to training camp.

Lechler was having pain and swelling in his knee so he got it cleaned out about 10 days before camp started. He has no doubts about being ready for the regular season. Lechler has been named an All-Pro six times in his 12 NFL seasons.
Thu, Aug 16, 2012 12:01:00 PM

The Raiders will likely bring in a punter after starter Shane Lechler strained a hamstring in Week 15.

Glenn Pakulak and Swayze Waters are two possible punters that could be brought in, as both have ties to the team.
Mon, Dec 20, 2010 07:54:00 PM

Punter Shane Lechler's four-year contract with Oakland is actually worth $16 million in base value, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

We thought the initial numbers were low. The SF Chron says $3M more can be had through incentives and $9M is guaranteed. The highest annual average for a punter was previously $1.75 million. Lechler will get at least $4M.
Thu, Feb 19, 2009 03:23:00 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with P Shane Lechler on a four-year, $12 million contract. The deal includes $9 million guaranteed, an NFL record for a punter.

Lechler, 33, led the league in net average, net yards, and put the third most punts inside his opponents' 20-yard line last season. Punters can go strong well into their 30s, so Lechler shouldn't have trouble playing out his new deal.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Feb 18, 2009 08:02:00 PM

Raiders DT Terdell Sands reportedly punched Shane Lechler in the face on the team flight home following Oakland's November 23rd win at Denver.

Sands is 6'7/350; Lechler is a punter. Sands was not disciplined. "They should have cut Sands already for that," said an ex-assistant coach. "That's just ridiculous." This may make Lechler more likely to leave in free agency.
Fri, Feb 6, 2009 10:27:00 AM

Raiders P Shane Lechler (quad) is eyeing a return to practice on Wednesday.

Lechler hasn't punted in three weeks because of the injury, but should be ready to go in the opener. The Pro Bowl punter should be in for another heavy workload this season.
Tue, Sep 2, 2008 11:15:00 AM

P Shane Lechler (groin) kicked yesterday and said he felt fine.

''Hopefully, today I can get through that part and tomorrow probably go a little bit more,'' Lechler said. ''We are close enough (to the regular season) we've got to have an answer pretty quick.''
Tue, Aug 30, 2005 10:12:00 AM

Raiders punter Shane Lechler suffered a hamstring injury Saturday.

No word on how long the Pro Bowler will be out.
Sun, Aug 14, 2005 12:41:00 PM

Shane Lechler, averaging 49.94 yards per punt, badly wants to average 50 yards, which has been accomplished just once before.

Sammy Baugh averaged 51.40 yards in 1940. Last we heard, there were no fantasy points for punting yards, but Lechler's accomplishments are still newsworthy, and a big help to the Raiders' defense.
Sat, Oct 16, 2004 08:08:00 AM